What are the best ways to keep humidity in an incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by L.L Farm, May 17, 2011.

  1. L.L Farm

    L.L Farm Chirping

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    I just got a brand new LG Still air incubator earlier today and its been plugged in , and for the past 2 hours if had it at a constant 99.5/100. The humidity is at 60% and the water rings are full, and I have a wet sponge in there as well. Is there something that I am doing wrong? And what is the ideal humidity percentage should I keep the incubator at for the process of chicken eggs? I'll be putting them in on the 19th.
     

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  3. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chirping

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    I have had great luck with humidity at 40-50 percent humidity for the first 18 days. Then I add sponges to raise the humidity. Too high of humidity at the start of incubation doesn't allow the air sack to form correctly.
     
  4. Kbagwell1

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    I have the exact same incubators as you, 3 to be exact. I use 2 for incubation and 1 for hatching. The 2 that I use for incubation...I never put water in. Just keep the temp at 99.5. The hatcher, I fill the slots with water (which you should do at day 18)...and occasionally add a soaked sponge!! I have great hatching ratios too! Hope this helps!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Humidity also depends on where you live. If you live in a humid climate you may not need water in the incubator. If you live in a dry climate then you may need to add water. But I have never had success in hatching if the humidity is below 40 percent for the first 18 days. But that is just my experience, I think you need to find out what works best for you.
     
  7. L.L Farm

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    I'm in Maine. So I would think that its pretty humid here? I just want to get everything right since I haven't hatched in a while and these are the first shipped eggs I've attempted to hatch [​IMG]
     
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    2 hours is not a lot of time to allow air to get saturated with moisture. I'd give it a bit longer before you think it isn't working.
     

  10. naakte

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    different things work best for different people. I hatched serama eggs with my lil LG they were due to hatch may 7th, they didnt, I jacked that humidity up very very high 75 to 85 by using wet pampers. it steamed up both windows. and gingerly turned the LG down 2 degrees to a 97 degree.....may 8th four pipped and may 9 the 5th one pipped. That 5 out of 7 eggs going into lockdown.
    all 5 seramas are doing well at 9 days old today... sooo tiny!!!!

    Donna in branson

    PS. I also used ONLY distilled water in the LG
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2011

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